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No time to kill: Clint Black feels ‘very lucky’ after 30 years of country stardom

Country legend Clint Black had humble goals when he began his career.

“I had pretty simple goals: Get a manager, get a record deal, put a band together and get on the radio,” he said. “My biggest goal was to make it last. I wanted to still be doing what I was doing 30 years later. And here I am, 30 years later, doing what I love, feeling very, very lucky.”

Early on, he had no inclination that he would have such an impact on country music.

“I thought country fans would like my songs, but I couldn’t have imagined what happened,” he said. “I didn’t even realize the historical unlikelihood of my first song going No. 1 until it did, and the record company explained the odds against that.”

Writing No. 1 hits has not been a problem for Black. He also has been pleasantly surprised a few times when some of those songs had a lengthy stay on the music charts.

“I was a pretty big country fan, so I thought I knew when other country fans would like something,” he said. “I was surprised a couple of times when songs spent multiple weeks at No. 1; ‘State of Mind’ and ‘Nobody’s Home’ I think would qualify.”

Black’s songs have also been a hit at weddings and other life celebrations.

“It’s a great honor,” he said. “Especially for weddings. ‘Something That We Do’ and ‘When I Said I Do’ have been used a lot, and I always think about the couples deciding on those and how much thought they put into and how important those moments are for them.”

Black continues to churn out music and recently finished a new album. There is no release date yet, but Black said he worked hard to complete it before this tour.

“There’s some rockin’ songs and some very traditional songs on it,” he said. “I’ve always aimed at having a diverse selection, and this will have hit that mark, for sure.”

Black also has other projects in the works, including a holiday musical based on his Christmas album and albums.

“Years ago, I released an all-original Christmas album and followed that with reissues, including newly written songs,” he said. “I plan to reissue a new version this Christmas with new songs and a remake of one from the first release (my wife) Lisa and I have made into a duet.”

Writing a musical is the one thing Black has not taken on during his long and successful career.

“The musical will be that thing I haven’t done,” he said. “If I pull that off, it’ll will be hugely satisfying. For years, I’ve wanted to do something special with my Christmas collection, and I think this Broadway-style musical will be very special and entertaining.”

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